DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR
MARBLE FALLS — As Ashton Bock settled into the chair at Twist Hair Studio, he ran his fingers through his long hair one last time. Then, stylist Megan Stephenson gathered the long, thick, wavy hair into a series of ponytails before reaching for a pair of scissors.
Ashton’s grandmother Mary Ann Nelson stood behind him, taking in the entire affair. She wasn’t happy.
“I don’t like this one bit, no I don’t,” she said. “I love his hair.”
Ashton, a soon-to-be seventh-grader at Marble Falls Middle School, hadn’t submitted his hair to clippers or scissors for the past 2½ years. He said he had been toying with the idea of getting it cut, but it was a recent trip to Bee Cave to see Texas singer-songwriter Bob Schneider that convinced him to take a seat in the chair.
Ashton showed Stephenson a photo of the singer-songwriter. That’s the haircut he wanted, short in the back and sides with a nice wavy crop of locks on top.
As for the rest? It wasn’t destined for the floor. Ashton had grander plans for it. He was donating it to Locks of Love, an organization that collects hair and uses it to make wigs for cancer patients.
“He thought of this all on his own,” Nelson said. “It was all his idea.”
Stephenson gathered Ashton’s hair into a series of five ponytails, and then took her scissors to each one. Then, she went to work creating a cut just like the one Ashton showed her of Schneider.
Still, Nelson cringed a bit. But as the hair came off, revealing Ashton’s eyes and face, Nelson began to come around. When Stephenson snapped the smock away from Ashton, and he stood up and grinned at his grandmother, she smiled.
But as they were walking out, Nelson confided, she still liked the long hair.
“But it was for a good cause,” she added.